The North Face Hedgehog XCR

Good midsole support, which will be appreciated on rougher ground. Fitwise, they are made around an average last, and they have plenty of padding. There is an odd ridge running down the centre of the footbed, though, and this felt very disconcerting. In action, the very low ankle encourages fast movement but doesn’t offer as much support as most shoes tested. A Gore-Tex XCR lining keeps water out but breathes well enough.


Sizes: UK 9-13; EU 40.5-47
Upper: Synthetic leather/mesh
Waterproof lining: Yes
Weight per pair: 800g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01539 738882;

First published in Country Walking magazine June 2009